The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the discovery of nineteen new cases of Coronavirus infections across four states of the federation, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to the latest update which was announced via the NCDC official Twitter page, Lagos State is still the epicenter of the virus in Nigeria, with fourteen new cases discovered.
Nineteen new cases of #COVID19 have been reported as follows:
14 in Lagos
2 in FCT
1 in Kano
1 in Akwa Ibom
1 in Edo
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 14, 2020
Two cases have also been discovered in the FCT, with one in Kano, Akwa Ibom State, and Edo State respectively.
As of 9:20 pm Tuesday night (April 14th 2020), Nigeria has reported a total of 362 confirmed cases of Coronavirus. Out of this number, ninety-nine people have been treated and discharged, while eleven people have died; unfortunately.
Lagos has since remained the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. From one confirmed case just some weeks ago, the city-state now has a total of 203 cases.
On the other hand, Benue, Niger, and Anambra states all have the least reported cases of just one per state.
In the meantime, Nigerian authorities are making concerted efforts to combat the contagious virus. An initial 14-day lockdown across Abuja, Ogun State, and Lagos State was extended for 14 more days yesterday. The government has also undertaken some palliative measures, even though it has been urged to do morehas been urged to do more.
The economic implications of the pandemic have also been harsh on Nigeria. For one, foreign exchange has been impacted negatively no thanks to declining oil prices and low demands in the international oil market. Nigeria has also been forced to rethink its ambitious 2020 national budget, in view of the current realities.
As expected, those who have been most affected by the fallout of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns are the common Nigerians. In most parts of Lagos and Ogun states, widespread criminal activities have been reported. Hungry criminals now go from door to door attacking and stealing from residents at night. The Nigeria Police Force is still battling to curtail the wave of violence.